Classic Japanese GPs on Sky Sports F1

Five memorable races to put you in the mood for the race at Suzuka

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 09/12/13 9:29am

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Classic F1 continues on Sky Sports F1 this week with five memorable races as we build up to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The 1989 race provides your first fix of nostalgia on Tuesday at 8pm - Ayrton Senna needed to win the race to keep alive his hopes of retaining the World Championship. The Brazilian duly qualified on pole alongside team-mate and rival Alain Prost. The question is could their fractious relationship survive the 53 laps?

Michael Schumacher leads Damon Hill around the hairpin in wet conditions

We have two more races for you on Wednesday starting with the 1994 Japanese GP at 8pm. Once again this race was key in the title fight, with Michael Schumacher leading Damon Hill by just five points heading into the penultimate round of the season. The Benetton driver took pole, but on Sunday the skies opened and the pair did battle in torrential conditions.

That is followed at 9pm by another significant race involving Schumacher, with his adversary on this occasion Mika Hakkinen in the 1998 title-decider. Hakkinen held a four-point advantage over his Ferrari rival heading into the showdown, but would Schumacher's pole position tilt things in his favour?

Conditions were treacherous in 2007

Your final Classic F1 fix comes on Thursday evening and boasts another double-header. Two years on from their first championship showdown, it was Schumacher who this time stood on the brink of the title with two rounds to go in 2000 and this classic Michael v Mika duel certainly didn't disappoint.

That is followed at 10.30pm by the only race in our collection to come from Fuji - the 2007 Japanese GP. Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole, but heavy rain on the Sunday meant the race was started behind the Safety Car. With the mountain's micro-climate spicing up the action, who could tame the conditions and take victory on F1's first visit to Fuji in 30 years?

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Tuesday 8th October
8pm - Classic F1 - 1989 Japanese GP.

Wednesday 9th October
7pm - F1 Midweek Report.
8pm - Classic F1 - 1994 Japanese GP.
9pm - Classic F1 - 1998 Japanese GP.

Thursday 10th October
7am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
5pm - Gear Up For Japan.
8pm - Classic F1 - 2000 Japanese GP.
10.30pm - Classic F1 - 2007 Japanese GP.

Friday 11th October
12am - 2012 Japanese GP highlights.
1:45am - Japanese GP Practice One - Live!
5:45am - Japanese GP Practice Two - Live!
8am - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
10am - The F1 Show - Live!
11am - Japanese GP Practice One replay.
1:05pm - Japanese GP Practice Two - replay.
4pm - The F1 Show - replay.
6.30pm - Classic F1 - 1989 Japanese GP.
8pm - The F1 Show replay
9pm - Japanese GP Practice One replay.
11:05pm - Japanese GP Practice Two - replay.

Saturday 12th October
2:45am - Japanese GP Practice Three - Live!
5am - Japanese GP Qualifying - Live!
8am - Classic F1 - 1994 Japanese GP.
11am - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.
1:45pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
2pm - Classic F1 - 1998 Japanese GP
4.30pm - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.
7.30pm - Classic F1 - 2000 Japanese GP.
10pm - Japanese GP Qualifying replay.

Sunday 13th October
5:30am - The 2013 Japanese GP - Live!
10:15am - GP Uncovered.
11:30am - The 2013 Japanese GP replay.
6pm - 2013 Japanese GP highlights.
7pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
7:15pm - Classic F1 - Japanese GP 2007.
10pm - 2013 Japanese GP highlights.

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